The Land Beyond the Sea!

The land beyond the sea, How close it sometimes seems

Author: F. W. Faber
Tune: [The land beyond the sea]
Published in 4 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 The Land beyond the Sea!
How close it sometimes seems,
When flush’d with evening’s peaceful gleams;
My heart looks o’er the strait, and dreams!
It longs to fly to thee,
Calm Land beyond the Sea!

2 The Land beyond the Sea!
Sometimes across the strait,
Like draw-bridge to a castle gate,
The sunbeams lie and seem to wait
For us to pass to thee,
Calm Land beyond the Sea!

3 The Land beyond the Sea!
When will our toil be done?
Slow-footed years! more swiftly run
Into the gold of th’unsetting sun.
Homesick we are for thee,
Calm Land beyond the Sea!

4 O Land beyond the Sea!
Sweet is thine endless rest,
But sweeter far that Father’s breast,
Upon thy shores fore’er possest;
For Jesus reings o’er thee,
Calm Land beyond the Sea!

Source: Northfield Hymnal: for use in evangelistic and church services, conventions, sunday schools, and all prayer and social meetings of the church and home #129

Author: F. W. Faber

Raised in the Church of England, Frederick W. Faber (b. Calverly, Yorkshire, England, 1814; d. Kensington, London, England, 1863) came from a Huguenot and strict Calvinistic family background. He was educated at Balliol College, Oxford, and ordained in the Church of England in 1839. Influenced by the teaching of John Henry Newman, Faber followed Newman into the Roman Catholic Church in 1845 and served under Newman's supervision in the Oratory of St. Philip Neri. Because he believed that Roman Catholics should sing hymns like those written by John Newton, Charles Wesley, and William Cowpe, Faber wrote 150 hymns himself. One of his best known, "Faith of Our Fathers," originally had these words in its third stanza: "Faith of Our Fathers! Mary'… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: The land beyond the sea, How close it sometimes seems
Title: The Land Beyond the Sea!
Author: F. W. Faber
Language: English
Publication Date: 1902
Copyright: Public Domain



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